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Michèle de Burne, viuda de un “varón brutal”, ha tomado l. a. “decisión de no volver a comprometer nunca su libertad”. Ahora es “una de esas elegidas que Paris adula” y en su salón artistas y hombres de mundo se rinden ante ella.
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